Friday, January 11, 2013

Hey Mon, You Give Me a Dolla!


Another lesson on the Bahamas trip came from a 15-year old who held the horse that pulled us on a carriage ride in Nassau.

The kid, Barry, spent most of the three or four minutes he was near us asking for a tip. He was pretty persistent. If he can get some education and combine it with his persistence he’ll go far.

The lesson I learned is that if you want something you’d better figure out a way to get it by asking for it—persistently—or making it happen.

Have a great weekend…see you Monday.

PS…no, I didn’t give Barry a tip. I didn’t think he’d done anything to earn it. Now, on reflection, I regret not giving him a couple of dollars. The cost of the disappointment in myself is higher than the tip would have been…a second valuable lesson.

1 comment:

  1. Why do you feel badly? Barry knows that his work is simply a 'job' and any emotional attachment he can apply helps him do his job. Charity should not be solely on the recipient nor should it be for the 'feel-good moment' of the donor.
    Because of your disappointment..Barry did his job well while you probably had too much attachment to your donation. Barry moved on that day, as he has many days, to other 'customers' and probably did quite well. Sadly, Barry does not remember you, which should ease your distress.

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